Our Team Took on a 30-Day Water Challenge… And Here’s What We Learned!
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Drink up! 💦
With the new year here and new resolutions on the horizon, our team decided to start 2020 off with a fun monthly challenge to improve ourselves, each other, and have a little friendly competition around here. 😉 After asking ourselves the common “how much water should I drink in a day” question, we took on a 30-day Water Challenge as a team.
What did we do, you ask?!
For the month of January, we challenged ourselves to drink 64 oz. of water every single day for the entire month. We also wanted to do this for a month, because chances are after 30 days, we would form a pretty awesome healthy habit anyway—perfect to keep up the sips even after our team water challenge ended!
To keep things resourceful, we all used one of our favorite reusable water bottles since it’s also hip to save the planet. 🌎😉 Cheers to that!
We even created a FREE printable so you can keep track, too!
Why we did a 30-day water challenge:
When our team was thinking of fun challenge ideas, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drink some more water. That’s because there are so many incredible benefits to upping your intake of H2O every day.
Plus, we heard it makes you look younger because good hydration helps diminish surface wrinkles and elasticity while also giving you a better complexion. Needless to say, we’re already here for it! 🙌
Here are just a few of the other amazing benefits that stuck out to me:
- Improved kidney function
- Improved digestion
- It’s an immunity booster
- Contributes to better bone health
- Helps with weight loss and bloating
- Improved circulation
- Better brain health
For some of us, drinking that much water didn’t come easy though…
So we came up with some delicious solutions!
Recently, Collin took a little trip to the spa with her sister, Marley, and discovered that she loves fruit-infused water! While there, they tried a few different fruit blends, and her favorite was actually cantaloupe and mint. It sounds like a weird combo, but she said it was so good and refreshing. 😍 In fact, she loved it so much that she bought this glass drink dispenser with fruit infuser from Amazon and has been using it daily!
Our team didn’t stop there either! Irene and I are currently on fresh fruit infused kicks where we’ve been adding limes, oranges, and lemons to ours. (So refreshing!) Whereas Jenna says she loves to add True Lemon and Lime to hers since there’s no sweetener in it and it tastes just like freshly squeezed fruit! (Yum!)
Hip Tip: We have a refreshing citrus water recipe on our sister site, Hip2Keto.
Our biggest takeaways from the water challenge:
We gained more energy to power through the day.
“I feel like my energy in the afternoon doesn’t slump down how it used to (anyone else hit a wall around 2:30 pm?!). Now I feel great all the way through the day and actually have the energy to workout in the evening!” – Emily
“I have definitely noticed my energy levels improving! I always hit a slump after work and lately I have been able to keep going without my usual ‘break’!” – Jessica B.
“I feel like I have so much more energy throughout the day, and I’ve even cut down on coffee, well… a tiny bit. 😉” – Collin
We kicked cravings to the curb.
“I’m not going anywhere without my water bottle again! Yesterday I found myself having way too many sugar cravings. I’ve been doing really well with that lately and the difference was that I didn’t have my water with me. Even crazier, I’m no longer eating out of boredom and I don’t wake up starving!” – Jenna P.
“I haven’t bought Diet Coke at the store all month so far. I have splurged just a couple of times while eating out, but far less than normal and I definitely feel better and have experienced less heartburn! Yay!” – Lina
“I find myself choosing to drink water over other sugary beverages and crazy enough, it’s no longer intentionally. This challenge has totally changed me!” – Irene
“On the days I successfully drink 64oz by late afternoon, I’m realizing that I haven’t been snacking or eating as much as I normally do. I definitely feel less hungry overall, which is so crazy!” – Erica
Some of us even lost a few inches.
“Just two weeks in and I’m already down 13.75″ on my body! When I started my water intake and a healthier lifestyle, I didn’t want it to be a new year’s resolution, I wanted it to be a new lifestyle. As a bonus, I’m not as bloated and I find myself wanting to eat healthier and workout.” – Alana
“I started my challenge a little early because I had been drinking way too much soda and I’ve lost almost 10 pounds already and almost cut soda out entirely by replacing it with water. My mom keeps asking me why I’m so thin. LOL! It also has helped reduce indigestion and I just feel so amazing.” – Amber
And we definitely noticed a difference in our skin.
“Two weeks down and I have to say that my skin is looking way less dull and seems a bit more clear than normal, which is amazing since I normally prioritize skincare as it is!” – Emily
“My skin is less dry for sure! My lips are less chapped and if I skimp, I can tell right away. I was a big water drinker before the challenge, but this has really helped me remember on days I want to skimp. Plus, I just feel better overall.” – Jennifer
“My skin isn’t nearly as dry as it normally is, and I live in Nevada so that is saying something!” – Collin
“Staying hydrated has totally helped my lips. It’s amazing to not have to put on 8 million pounds of chapstick during the day now! LOL!” – Erica
Overall, we’ve developed some pretty awesome habits, too.
“I noticed that I’m drinking more water now just out of habit than when I first started it was like I had to force myself to drink it and that is pretty awesome!” – Jessica B.
“I have found that I am sleeping so much better!” – Jenna
So, what are YOU waiting for?! Take the 30-day water challenge for yourself!